James Comey: Everything you need to know about the former FBI director

Comey is set to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee on June 8.

— -- Former FBI Director James Comey will testify about his discussions with President Donald Trump on June 8, a month after his firing and weeks after his predecessor was chosen to lead the investigation into Russian interference in last year's presidential election.

The Senate Intelligence Committee will likely ask Comey about the contemporaneous notes he allegedly took of his meetings with the president, during which Trump reportedly asked for the ex-director's loyalty and requested that the FBI drop its inquiry into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

Comey's firing May 9 came "on the clear recommendations of both Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions," according to a statement from the White House, though Trump later portrayed the decision as his alone.

Comey also came under fire just prior to his dismissal when it was revealed that Comey made inaccurate statements to the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding the handling of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's emails by an aide.

"In connection with an unrelated case, the FBI has learned of the existence of emails that appear to be pertinent to the investigation," Comey wrote in his letter to lawmakers.

"Of course, we don’t ordinarily tell Congress about ongoing investigations," he wrote in a separate email to FBI employees, noting that in such an important case, he felt it necessary to update Congress and the American people. "In trying to strike that balance, in a brief letter and in the middle of an election season, there is significant risk of being misunderstood, but I wanted you to hear directly from me about it," he said.

The FBI later concluded that the additional emails did not impact the case and Comey told lawmakers he wanted to "supplement the record" so as not to "mislead" the American people.

Comey had also been criticized in July -- though largely from Republicans -- when he announced that there was no basis for criminal charges against Clinton despite her "extremely careless" handling of emails.

Since Trump's inauguration, Comey made waves by undercutting the president's unsubstantiated claim that President Barack Obama ordered a wiretap of his phones prior to the election in testimony with the House Intelligence Committee.

In early March, after Comey briefed them privately, the committee's leaders, Republican Chairman Devin Nunes, R-California, and Democratic Ranking Member Adam Schiff, D-California, asserted they have seen "no evidence" to suggest the wiretap occurred.

Comey -- who asked the Justice Department to refute the president's allegations in March, a move the DOJ declined -- also discussed alleged Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election and possible connections between Trump associates and the Russian government.

But the director's role in Clinton's email controversy, the Russia investigation and the wiretapping saga were just the latest in a series of notable actions in Comey's long and colorful career.

The towering 6-foot-8 Comey, who served Republican presidents prior to his work for the Obama administration, never shied away from controversy.

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"Jim always demonstrated great integrity and political independence from the White House, even if it made him unpopular," John Bellinger, former legal adviser to the National Security Council during the Bush administration, told ABC News.

His connection to the Clintons prior to the 2016 election

Comey's past head-to-head encounters with presidential administrations perhaps made him uniquely qualified to oversee the investigation into Clinton's controversial email practices, and it was not the first time he weighed in on matters relating to the Clintons. In 1996, Comey served as deputy special counsel to the Senate special committee on the Whitewater investigation, chaired by Republicans at the time, which linked Hillary Clinton to the mishandling and destruction of documents.

The investigations concluded there was no wrongdoing on the president's part, despite public outcry over evidence that Rich's ex-wife had donated to Hillary Clinton's Senate campaign.